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Graham Motion Takes A Double Shot At The Twin Lights

Posted Saturday, Aug 25, 2012

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With graded stakes winner Dancing Solo installed as the 8-5 morning line favorite for Sunday’s $60,000 Twin Lights Stakes, trainer Graham Motion decided to double up in hopes of taking home the trophy.  

            Motion will send out Zucchini Flower and Ski Holiday in the 1 1/8 miles test on the turf for 3-year-old fillies, although both will have to race close to the pace if they try to double team the fleet Dancing Solo as the Todd Pletcher-trainee tries to win her third straight stakes race at the current meet. 

            Although Zucchini Flower is a stakes winner, having captured the $75,000 Limit at one mile at Aqueduct in March, the lightly raced Ski Holiday may be the more intriguing of the pair. Ski Holiday, who is by Harlan’s Holiday out of the Rahy mare Winter Morning, is dropping down from the Grade 3 Virginia Oaks in her last start.  

            That day Ski Holiday raced on a yielding Colonial Downs course and her running lines indicate that she prefers much firmer footing. For Sunday’s Twin Lights, the ground will be much more to her liking. 

            The locally-based Senator Beck, who is conditioned by Tim Hills, will try for her second straight stakes win after capturing the $75,000 Desert Vixen at Monmouth last time out. Nonetheless, she was beaten by Dancing Solo in both the $65,000 Little Silver and the Grade 3 Boiling Springs here in her two races prior to that victory. 

            Dancing Solo, the only multiple stakes winner in the field of seven sophomore fillies, drew the rail while Ski Holiday will break from the far outside and Zucchini Flower starts from post five. 


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